OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is urging the federal government to go straight to a broad, universal electronic on-board recorder (EOBR) mandate rather than phasing in a requirement like the US appears to be doing.
The US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced it will require carriers with frequent hours-of-service violations to begin using EOBRs. The FMCSA also hinted of a broader mandate to come, which the CTA says is a signal a universal EOBR requirement is coming, it’s just a matter of when.
Rather than waiting for the US to roll out a full EOBR mandate, the CTA says Canada should lead the way by bringing in a universal EOBR mandate of its own.
“Obviously, you would still want to be harmonized with the US from a technology standards point of view, and it is imperative that industry and government reach accord on a fair and equitable enforcement policy, and a technology investment plan, but there is no obligation on the Canadian governments to introduce an interim, remedial step as the FMCSA is doing,” says CTA chief David Bradley.
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